World Cup Qualifier: FIFA Fines Nigeria $31,000

World football governing body, FIFA has fined Nigeria $31,000 for crowd disorder during the September World Cup qualifier where the Super Eagles beat Cameroon 4-0in Uyo.

A statement on FIFA’s official website stated that Nigeria violated article 65 and 67 of the FBC FIFA stadium safety and security regulations and is being charged with improper conduct amongst spectators (pitch invasions by supporters and invasions of restricted areas by supporters other than the pitch). Nigeria was also warned against future occurrence.

FIFA also fined other countries like Argentina, Germany, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Czech, England, France, Hungary and Guinea for various offences.

German football federation was fined 32,000 Swiss francs ($33,000) because fans chanted Nazi slogans at a World Cup qualifying game in the Czech Republic.

“The range of charges against Germany included fans encroaching on the field and setting off fireworks at the game in Prague,” FIFA said.

About 200 German supporters chanted slogans during their team’s 2-1 win and verbally abused one of the scorers Timo Werner.

FIFA also fined the Czech federation 5,000 Swiss francs ($5,150) for crowd disorder.

FIFA’s attempts to crack down on fans chanting gay slurs saw seven national federations fined for incidents.

Argentina was ordered to pay 65,000 Swiss francs ($67,000), Panama 50,000 Swiss francs ($51,500), and Hungary 20,000 Swiss francs ($20,600).

Meanwhile, some top Super Eagles’ players have arrived Uyo camp ahead of the World Cup Qualifiers Third round match between Nigeria and Zambia.

Six players are already at the Le Meriden Hotel, while many more are expected to swell up the numbers, according to updates from the Super Eagles official Twitter account @NGSuperEagles.

The players already in camp are Dele Ajiboye, Elderson Echiejile, John Ogu, Anthony Nwakaeme, Oghenekaro Etebo and Ikechukwu Ezenwa.

The schedule released by the Nigeria Football Federation, through their official Twitter handle shows that the Super Eagles will hold their first training session on Tuesday, and the fans and media will be allowed to watch the session while the player’s training sessions on Thursday and Friday will be closed sessions.

The Super Eagles will up against Zambia on Saturday, October 7, by 5:00 PM at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state. A victory for Nigeria will confirm their place at next year’s world cup in Russia.

Ahead of the game, the Akwa Ibom State Government has promised journalists and football fans free internet service inside the Uyo Stadium on Saturday.

According to a statement from the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Sports, Monday Uko through his media aide, Edidiong Stephen, the state government will make available access codes for free internet service. The statement reads:

“There will be free internet services available to fans at Goodwill Akpabio stadium during the Nigeria Vs Zambia match sponsored by Kalex Solutions Ltd.

“Access codes for the free internet will be embedded in a closed panel on seat covers which will be used to cover seats at the Stadium. Another great innovation by Akwa Ibom State Government and Akwa Ibom State Football Association.”


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